Fresh green chick peas kebabs

Fresh green chick peas or Bengal gram or garbanzo beans, has several medicinal properties. It is also a source of natural dye for fabrics.

These fresh ones are available for a very short period of time of the year. It is hard work to extract them from their pods :/ but as the saying goes….Hard work pays, it surely does here.

This can be consumed fresh as it is, or there are several delicious preparations can be made out of these.

In Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, where i hail from these are called ‘boot’ πŸ˜‰ , here in Delhi they call it ‘choliya’ , which is a Urdu word.

This is how we have seen mom buying the Boot

photo source : Google

photo source : Google

She used to make me and my younger brother sit alongside her on the floor with old newspapers spread out to extract the peas from the pod πŸ˜€

Once extracted, the peas look like this…

photo source : Google

photo source : Google

Here in Delhi, we have the options of buying the freshly extracted peas from the grocer πŸ˜€ (one of the benefits of living in a metro city)

Initially i was planning to make some vegetable stew with this, when Pakhi intervened and said ‘try something new mom’ πŸ˜‰

Though it’s not anything new, but something different than a stew πŸ˜‰

fresh green chick pea kebab

Here’s what i did………….


2 cups -fresh green chick peas

1 cup – mashed paneer/cottage cheese

2-3 -green chillies

4-5 – garlic cloves (optional)

1” ginger

2 tbsp – besan (gram flour)

Β½ tsp – garam masala

A bunch of fresh coriander

Salt to taste


Grind the choliya, coriander, garlic(optional), ginger and green chillies. Try and grind with minimal water. To this batter, add the gram flour, garam masala, salt, and mashed paneer. Mix well. Make small flat roundels and shallow fry.

Squeeze a little lime juice and sprinkle some chat masala on the kebabs. Serve hot with mint-coriander chutney, onion rings.

Tip : dried green choliyas can also be used for the same recipe. Soak it overnight. Boil well with salt. Cool. Mash it with the above mentioned ingredients.

Also they can be deep fried or can be baked.

Served here with mint chutney.

What gave me immense happiness was that Pakhi gobbled down the Vitamins πŸ˜‰ What more pleasure does a mother of finicky teenager wants πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

Happy cooking !!! πŸ™‚

Cheers !! πŸ˜€


About andy

hi there.....friends call me Andy :) I am a school teacher by profession. Passionate about reading, some random experimental cooking, some hit 'n' miss photography......and i am a dreamer ;) Thank you for popping by :)
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8 Responses to Fresh green chick peas kebabs

  1. cafegarima says:

    Yum! The shades of green looking so fresh!

  2. My nani used to make choliye ki sabzi when we used to visit her for a stay. These kebabs sound delicious Andy :).

  3. Charanya says:

    Never heard about this before πŸ™‚ Green Chickpeas- Do you know where I can find it?

    • acbistro says:

      charanya it’s not in season at the moment πŸ™‚ but you can make it with the dried green ones, though the taste will be different, you can still enjoy πŸ™‚

  4. Green chickpea never used it. Yummy recipe Andy

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